SOUTH Coast Police are taking part in the statewide NSW Police Force proactive operation targeting perpetrators of domestic and family violence to coincide with the global '16 Days of Activism' campaign.
Due to COVID-19, pared-back events have been organised across the state to mark '16 Days of Activism', with NSW Police and officers across the Southern Region, including the South Coast Police District, supporting the campaign through proactive policing, as well as attending events to raise awareness about gender-based violence.
From today, Thursday, November 25, which is also the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until World Human Rights Day Friday, December 10, officers across the Lake Illawarra, Monaro, Murrumbidgee, Murray River, Riverina, South Coast, The Hume and Wollongong police districts will be assisted by specialist police from the Southern Region's Domestic Violence High Risk Offender Team (DVHROT), Proactive Crime Team and Region Enforcement Squad (RES) to roll out the operation.
South Coast Police District Commander and Region Sponsor for Domestic Violence, Superintendent Greg Moore, said police are committed to disrupting and preventing recidivist offending and ensuring the safety of victims.
There is no excuse for domestic and family violence and our proactive operation will continue to target high-risk domestic-violence offenders and ensure they are held accountable for their actions.South Coast Police District Commander, Superintendent Greg Moore
"There is no excuse for domestic and family violence and our proactive operation will continue to target high-risk domestic-violence offenders and ensure they are held accountable for their actions," Supt Moore said.
"Police remain committed to helping victims of domestic violence and will not hesitate in bringing offenders to justice."
During the operation, police will implement a number of proactive strategies including, Apprehended Domestic Violence Order compliance checks, proactive checks targeting known offenders and providing additional support to at-risk victims.
Since this time last year, more than 16,000 checks have been conducted across Southern Region, to ensure apprehended domestic violence orders (ADVO) are being complied with.
In addition to policing strategies, officers from the Southern Region will be involved in community events being held across the local police districts.
The Domestic Violence operation coincides with the global ‘16 Days of Activism’ campaign.
Also from Thursday, 16 days - 16 men will feature on Southern Region's Police Districts Facebook pages, featuring a series of images and stories of local men taking a stand against domestic and family violence.
If you, or anyone you know has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence, contact your local police. In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).
Support is available via the following helplines -
- 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) - a confidential information, counselling and support service;
- NSW Domestic Violence Line (1800 65 64 63) - a state-wide telephone crisis counselling and referral service for women;
- Men's Referral Service (1300 766 491) - provide telephone counselling, information and referrals for men;
- Link2Home (1800 152 152) - can help refer women experiencing domestic violence to crisis accommodation; and
- Lifeline (13 11 14) - a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
- If you are in danger or in an emergency, always call Triple Zero (000).